Jackson Fire & Security has selected the Hospice of the Good Shepherd as its charity of the year for 2016.
The hospice, based in Backford near Chester, provides free-of-charge palliative care to patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses across Cheshire West and Deeside.
Over the coming 12 months, Jackson Fire & Security will raise funds for the charity, which relies on £2.5 million annual donations in order to offer it’s services to local people. Six members of the team at Jackson Fire & Security took part in the hospice’s Colour Fun Run this year, which raised hundreds of pounds for the charity.
The hospice was nominated by Jackson Fire & Security engineer Daron Holdcroft, whose father was cared for by the hospice earlier this year.
Daron said: “In my Dad’s last few days the team at the hospice in Backford were just amazing in every aspect of caring for us as a family and for my Dad.
“I didn’t realise how incredible the people there are until I met them. They are unsung heroes in my eyes, and I feel it’s a fitting tribute to give something back, not only in my Dad’s memory but for all of the patients and their families they have helped over many years.”
Tim Fletcher, director at Jackson Fire & Security, said: “We think it’s really important to support good causes in and around our community, and couldn’t be more happy to support the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.
“We’ve heard about the incredible work the team there do, and can’t think of a more worthy cause to have as our charity of the year for 2016.”
Services provided by the hospice include an in-patient unit, a day therapy centre providing patients with medical, emotional and social support, including complimentary therapies. The hospice also provided 1400 face to face bereavement support contacts last year across the region.
Sylvia Pearl, Head of Fundraising & Lottery, said, “We are delighted that Jackson Fire & Security have chosen us to be their charity of the year. The support of businesses is vital to local charities such as ourselves. Every penny they donate will be used to provide our patients and their families with specialist care, when it matters. We look forward to working with them.”